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Mr Tinsley


Hi, I'm Mr Tinsley and this will be my fourth year teaching Year 5 at St. Peter's. I am the only male member of staff so I have no-one to talk to about football in the staff room! My favourite subjects to teach are Maths, Science and Computing. I also play guitar and occasionally play during assemblies and masses, alongside Mrs Davies. In my spare time I enjoy playing football and going out with friends.

Mrs Cushnie


Hi, I'm Mrs Cushnie and I have worked at St. Peter's since 2006! I love working at St. Peter's and seeing all the children progress through the school. My favourite subjects are Geography and History, especially if it involves Italy! (The Romans, volcanoes and cities.) When I'm not in school I enjoy going for walks with my husband and spending time with friends and family, especially my niece and nephew. I am currently expecting my first child, so I'm in for a big change in my life!

Overview of Year 5

In Year 5 we build on our learning from Year 4 and also develop our skills ready for the challenge of Year 6. We build our self confidence, resilience and independence which helps us reflect on our learning and how we can improve. Year 5 take part in weekly Gospel lessons, which usually culminates in an end of year show at either the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool or the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Hopefully, if circumstances allow, we will be performing again in July 2021! Year 5 are also lucky enough to take part in team-building sessions with Active Hope in the Spring Term. Active Hope is a Christian charity based in Warrington, who are committed to providing quality outdoor and adventurous activities from well qualified and enthusiastic instructors to children and young people from across the area. In previous years, this has enabled our children to go on a camping trip at Tatton Park.

In Year 5, children are expected to;

  • ​Be responsible for their own belongings such as coats, bags, water bottles, etc
  • Return to class quickly after playtimes and lunchtimes, including changing their trainers
  • Be more independent in solving friendship issues
  • Be able to tie their own tie and shoelaces
  • Make sure homework is completed on time and to a good standard
  • Complete 3 Reading Plus comprehensions and 2 vocabulary lesson per week
  • Learn weekly spellings
  • Know the times tables, including the division facts

Photos of Classroom

Weekly Timetable

P.E. takes place on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Children are asked to come into school wearing their P.E. kits on these days.

P.E. kits consist of a white t shirt with logo, maroon shorts, grey St. Peter’s hoodie or school jumper, extra socks. On cold days, children may wear black tracksuit bottoms.

Reading Records need to be brought into school on a daily basis. Children should be reading at home every night for at least 15 minutes, with this being recorded in their Record at least three times per week by an adult. A member of staff will check Year 5's Reading Records weekly to make sure this is being met.

Water bottles need to be in school every day and it is the child's responsibility to remember to bring it into class. They must take their water bottles home every day to be cleaned.


In Year 5, we begin to focus on the structure of our writing and ensure that we are writing for a purpose or specific audience. We should think carefully about the way we begin sentences, our sentence structure and using the correct punctuation. We follow the Pathways to Write scheme, with our writing being based around a specific book each half term. Our writing will begin to contain more gramatical features which will also be taught in grammar lessons.


Spellings are given out on a Monday and will then be tested on a Friday. The spelling words will generally follow the same spelling rule for each week. Please find the Year 5 and 6 common exceptions words below.

Spelling Frame(3)


Year 5 take part in three whole class reading sessions per week and have two Reading Plus sessions per week in school. We ask that children read to an adult at least three times per week, with a comment recorded in their Reading Records, with a focus on fluency and comprehension skills.

Your child will have 2 reading books:

  1. Reading Skills Book - This book will contain language at your child’s level, it may be challenging, but not impossible for them to read or decode. This book will expose children to a wider range of vocabulary, spelling patterns, text structure and literary devices.
  2. Reading for Pleasure Book - This book can be chosen by your child from home or school. The aim of this book is to promote a love of reading.

For further information on how to help your child develop their reading, please see our Reading page under Curriculum, or Top Tips for the Reading Helper in your child's Reading Record. Independently, children are expected to complete a Reading Plus comprehension five times per week, along with two vocabulary activities.

Recommended Reading Books for Year 5:

Please click on the image below to see a list of 50 books recommended for Year 5. There is also a PDF of recommended books across different age ranges.

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A.R.E. Documents


In Year 5, we continue to use mathematical concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and abstract methods and recordings to further develop our understanding and to support our learning. We are continually practising recall of mathematical facts which enables us to solve problems quicker and more effectively. Some of the concepts we will explore in Maths include; multiplying and dividing 4-digit numbers by a 1-digit number, understanding prime numbers and prime factors, recognising square numbers and understanding the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages.

A.R.E. Documents


Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be expected back in school the following Tuesday. For our homework, we use the Maths and SPaG CGP books and the assigned work will be based on that weeks learning. The children will either have a maths activity or an English activity to complete. The children will also be expected to complete three Reading Plus comprehensions and two vocabulary activities per week, with the week starting on a Monday. Spelllings are given out on a Monday to be tested on a Friday.

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